HUNTLEY – A 24-hour online radio marathon recently netted the volunteers at Huntley Community Radio more than $5,600 in donations.
More than 3,000 listeners tuned in for the "Radiothon," which lasted from Friday evening to Saturday evening. The fundraiser featured a variety of programs, interviews and contests.
Guests included state Sens. Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay, Village President Chuck Sass, Village Manager Dave Johnson, Police Chief John Perkins and District 158 Superintendent John Burkey.
The Huntley station needs about $40,000 total to purchase the necessary equipment to broadcast locally on FM radio, after the Federal Communications Commission granted the group permission in March.
The station previously raised more than $8,000 during a June fundraiser.
Highlights from the recent "Radiothon" will be replayed Friday, Monday and Wednesday on huntleyradio.com.
– Stephen Di Benedetto